Consolidating one of the most complex and multi-faceted eras in American History, this new edition of Jonathan Wells’s A House Divided unifies the broad and varied scholarship on the American Civil War. Amassing a variety of research, this accessible and readable text introduces readers to both the war and the Reconstruction period, and how Americans lived during this time of great upheaval in the country's history. Designed for a variety of subjects and teaching styles, this text not only looks at the Civil War from a historical perspective, but also analyzes its ramifications on the United States and American identities through the present day. This second edition has been updated throughout, incorporating new scholarship from recent studies on the Civil War era, and includes additional photographs and maps (now incorporated throughout the text), updated bibliographies, and a supplementary companion website.

chapter 2|30 pages

The Sectional Crisis, 1830–1850

chapter 3|31 pages

The 1850s and Secession

chapter 4|30 pages

The War Begins

chapter 5|29 pages

Organizing and Mobilizing for War

chapter 6|26 pages

In the Grip of War

chapter 7|32 pages

Chapter 7Turning Points

chapter 8|24 pages

War on the Home Front

chapter 9|27 pages

The Union Grinds Toward Victory

chapter 10|23 pages

Union Victory and African American Freedom

chapter 11|33 pages

Reconstruction Begins

chapter 12|24 pages

Collapse of Reconstruction

chapter 13|26 pages

America in the Late Nineteenth Century